Michele Bachmann, lately languishing in last place in Iowa polling, is waiting on a "miracle" in Tuesday's caucuses, reports Politico. Appearing on This Week today, the Minnesota rep said "polls sometimes belie the truth on the ground. This is about what we're seeing in reality, and I think Tuesday night people are going to see a miracle." With only two days to go, the candidates were spending their New Year's Day making their pitches on the talk show circuit. Elsewhere on your Sunday dial, as per Politico:
- Ron Paul on his management flaw on the newsletters: “I don’t think anybody in the world has been perfect on management. … So yes, it is a flaw but I think it is a human flaw and it is probably shared by a lot more people than myself.”
- Rick Perry on how his campaign is not imploding: “That’s inside the beltway chatter. I’m focused on campaigning in Iowa. We got in the race late, obviously, and some of these folks have been running for years. Nobody has got a better ground game.”
- Paul on AIDS patients 'victimizing' society: “I don't know how you can change science. Sexually transmitted diseases are caused by sexual activity. If a fault comes with people because of their personal behavior, and in a free society people do dumb things, but it isn’t to be placed as a burden on other people, innocent people. Why should they have to pay for the consequences? That’s a nationalistic or socialistic attitude.”
- Rand Paul on Rick Santorum: "He has really been a big government moderate. And a lot of people don’t know that because he hasn’t surged to the top yet so he hasn’t had much scrutiny. When he has the scrutiny, he is going to have some of the same problems that some of the other fair weather conservatives have had."
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